I have a (Delphi-Indy based) custom server running on a dedicated PC. It used to listen on port 80 but on later versions of Windows that port is already assigned, so now I use port 8080. My clients insist that HTTP traffic is on port 80. Therefor I instruct the LAN router to forward external traffic on port 80 to LAN port 8080 of the server PC. This works fine. However, now I cannot access internet via Chrome or IE on this server PC (which is a bit of a nuisance since for certain tasks, like checking upload speed, that would be helpful). I sort of understand that: if these browsers get their response on external port 80, then the reponse will get to my server rather than the browser. a) Am I correct with this explanation? b) Is there a way to circumvent this conflict? Thanks

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Nope, you're wrong. Browsers connect to remote port 80 (or any else), but opened local port is some random number between 1025-65535.

You should check firewall on your server to allow outgoing connections (or - and that is better way - don't browse internet from your server at all).

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    Apart from a single or I agree with everything you said. He should stop running a browser on the server and find out what is wrong with the firewall configuration. Having a firewall that behaves differently from your expectations is never a good idea.
    – kasperd
    Feb 24, 2016 at 17:57

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